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Cities and counties all over Indiana are putting together budgets, but one topic that may get more attention than in past years is cyber security. Ransomware attacks hit the headlines earlier this year when hackers shut down an oil pipeline that runs up the east coast. That was followed with computer attacks that hit the nation’s largest meat supplier, JBS. But increasingly those attacks are impacting local governments. One of the biggest came in north Texas where a dozen communities lost the ability to use their computers to do police work, operate utilities and about anything else you do at town hall.

“This used to kind of be in the back of everyone’s mind,” said Washington City Clerk-Treasurer Beth McGookey. “Now it is moving to the front.”

For the city of Washington, keeping the computers safe is important.

“Cyber security is a big topic,” said Washington Mayor Dave Rhoads. “I would like to think we are secure, but you can never be 100% secure. We have an information technology director (Michael Folsom). I know he is always working on ways to make us more secure. We have firewalls and software that looks for malicious emails or other attacks. We also have a lot of off-site storage so that we can restore things in the event of an attack. I know we have done a lot to protect our network.”

For Washington, the protection is not just for the city, but also for the utilities. With electric, water, sewer and storm water utilities a hacker could, at the minimum, disrupt billing and at the worst impact operations.

“Mike is constantly watching our systems and working with department heads to try and keep everything secure,” said Rhoads.

While a larger community like Washington may be able to beef up computer operations to make them safer, some smaller communities may not have access to the same computer expertise.

“I don’t think we are any more exposed than the normal household, but I don’t know what we have in terms of security for our systems,” said Montgomery Town Board President Mike Healy. “Until a couple of years ago it really wasn’t anything to think about, now it is.”

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Consumers neglecting mobile security despite growing number of threats

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Over the past year, consumers have adapted to many changes, including the rapid shift towards a digital-first lifestyle. This has led to an emphasis on consumers dependence on mobile devices, as they look to execute nearly all daily activities via devices while on-the-go, exposing them to most digital risks.

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A new McAfee report reveals that 49% of U.S. consumers do not use mobile security software to protect their sensitive data, thus leaving them vulnerable to these increasingly advanced cyberattacks.

Mobile malware skyrocketing

Attackers know that consumers are using their mobile devices for working, banking, shopping and social media activity, often storing and sharing sensitive information through various apps and digital channels.

58% of U.S. consumers said they either do not know or do not feel secure when it comes to their mobile security – and only 36% have a clear understanding of the information stored in their mobile devices. As a result of the pandemic-induced mobile activity, cybercriminals are launching sophisticated scams, targeted specifically at mobile devices and software.

The McAfee report found that mobile malware grew 118% from Q3 to Q4 2020, with common attacks including malicious apps, email / text phishing, spoofed networks.

As consumers became more and more digitally connected, it is critical that they stay educated and proactive about protecting all of their sensitive data.

Consumers mobile security best practices

  • Do not reuse passwords, so that if one account is compromised, the others are still protected. To remember unique passwords, consider leveraging the power of a password manager to store this data.
  • Use a mobile security solution to protect your mobile devices and personal data from cyberthreats, unsecured networks and malicious apps.
  • Use multi-factor authentication to double check the authenticity of digital users and add an additional layer of security to protect personal data and information.


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School districts say cyber security attacks are a growing risk – KATU

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